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5 Teacher Resume Examples That Worked In 2021

Author: Stephen Greet, Co-founder
Published on: January 20, 2021
Resume of high school math teacher

The average job seeker applies to 74 jobs before landing a new one.

Teachers are the backbone to society. You spend more time with the children you educate than their parents do!

An effective teacher is compassionate, intelligent, and organized among hundreds of other things.

It can be difficult to highlight all your experience and skills on your teacher resume.

These 5 teacher resume examples have helped teachers and teachers assistants with different levels and types of experience land jobs in 2021.

They're a great place for you to get started building or updating your resume.

Teacher Resume

Teacher resume example

Why this resume works

  • Most, if not all, teachers have some form of student teaching experience during their education. No matter your experience level, this is experience you can include on your teacher resume!
    • When including your student teaching experience focus on what you contributed instead of your responsibilities. 
  • Administrators reviewing your resume want to quickly understand what types of classes and what grade levels you have experience teaching.
    • Since you want to make the experience of the person reviewing your resume as pleasant as possible, clearly state the subject and grades you taught as a resume bullet.
  • If you've started or supervised any student groups be sure to include that in a separate "Projects" section on your teacher resume. This is a great demonstration of initiative that will help you stand out among other job applicants.

Elementary Teacher Resume

Elementary Teacher resume example

Why this resume works

  • You should include any licenses or certifications you have in a dedicated "Certifications" section on your elementary teacher resume. The first thing administrators check for in people applying for elementary school teacher positions is whether that person is properly licensed to teach. 
    • Including your certifications in their own section makes this determination quick and decisive.
  • Whenever possible, try to quantify the impact you've had in your past roles as an elementary teacher. For example, did students improve their standardized test scores? Did reading comprehension or classroom participation increase by some measure? These can by rough estimates.
    • For example, "Saw roughly 20% more participation in class when lessons were customized for students" effectively demonstrates competency through the use of an estimate.

High School Teacher Resume

High School Teacher resume example

Why this resume works

  • The "Education" section of your high school math teacher resume should list clearly and separately the different degrees you've earned. No need to list high school education on your resume unless you don't have any time spent in college.
  • Focus your high school teacher resume on your accomplishments instead of your responsibilities.
    • For example, instead of saying "Prepared students for standardized exams" say "Helped improve standardizes testing performance by 3%".
  • For each of the skills you mention on your resume you should be able to show an example of when you demonstrated that skill in practice.
    • For example, if you mention "Conviction" then you should be able to demonstrate a time when you had conviction in the face of adversity.

Teacher Assistant Resume

Teacher Assistant resume example

Why this resume works

  • Your teacher assistant resume should focus on your specific contributions during your past experiences. Instead of saying something vague like "provided support to teacher" say something concrete and specific like "provided support to teacher by reinforcing lessons in small groups of students".
  • As an entry level teacher assistant, be sure to include any other work experience you've had! Try to focus your discussion of these other work experiences around how you interacted with people whether they were colleagues or customers.
  • If you have experience editing or creating lesson plans you should mention that on your teacher assistant resume. Contributing to lesson plans is a great example of how you tangibly assisted in your past classrooms. This also demonstrates strong organization and high competency. 

Substitute Teacher Resume

Substitute Teacher resume example

Why this resume works

  • If you have a certification as a substitute teacher in your state then include that in a dedicated "Certifications" section. This will help you stand out relative to other applicants.
  • If this is your first substitute teacher role then try to focus your past work experiences on how you've interacted with children if at all.
  • Any prior substitute teaching experience you have should focus around how you maintained a discipline classroom. One of the toughest aspects of being a substitute teacher is commanding a classroom so demonstrating that's a strength of yours will increase your chances of getting an interview.

Teacher Skills For Your Resume

As a teacher, you possess a lot of skills.

  • You need excellent people skills and all that entails.
  • You need to be highly organized in your planning and documentation.
  • You need to be a subject matter expert in what you teach.

This is not even the tip of the iceberg. It can be tricky to figure out which skills to include in your dedicated "skills" section on your teacher resume.

To help you decide which skills to include it's helpful to understand what purpose this section on your resume serves.

Before a human ever looks at your resume, it gets read by a web application called an "Applicant Tracking System" (ATS).

This ATS scores your resume based on whether it includes specific keywords the employer is looking for.

Therefore, your skills section should focus on skills mentioned in the job description of the teacher role you're applying for.

Is "compassionate" mentioned throughout the job description? Then it should be included in your skills section.

To help you look for these keywords here's a list of the most common teacher resume skills.

Top teacher resume skills for 2021

  • Lesson planning
  • Blackboard/ Moodle
  • Google Apps (Gmaill, Sheets, Slides)
  • SMART boards
  • Remote teaching (Zoom)
  • Safe, supportive classrooms
  • Accountability
  • Communication with parents and students
  • Organization
  • Conviction
  • Problem solving
  • Focused on student performance
  • Analytical

Teacher Resume Objective

The secret to creating a resume objective for your teacher resume is that more times than not, you shouldn't include one. 99% of resume objectives are generic and not worth reading.

After reading your teacher resume objective you should answer definitively "yes" to the question "did that increase my chances of getting an interview?".

To make a resume objective worth including you should follow these rules of thumb:

  • Customize it for each role you apply to. If you don't do this, you're better off not including a resume objective.
  • Mention specifically why you relate to the mission of the organization or why you're interested in the specific role.
  • Another approach is to summarize the impact you've had throughout your career. For example, "Educated over 1,000 students in teaching career".

When in doubt, don't include a resume objective.

Here are a few effective resume objectives for different kinds of teachers and assistants.

Teacher resume objective examples

  • Teacher who is moving
    • "Elementary teacher with an extensive track record of building meaningful relationships with students to help them achieve their best academically. Looking to continue to apply that approach at an elementary school in the Seattle, WA area."
  • Teacher Assistant looking to work local
    • "Teacher assistant with 3+ years of experience providing individualized education to help achieve classroom lesson goals. Looking for an opportunity to contribute this skillset to an elementary school within my community."
  • Substitute Teacher working across high school
    • "Experienced substitute teacher who has worked across all different subject areas for students in 9-12th grade. Excited about the prospect of leveraging this experience as a substitute teacher at Ellie Elementary."

Resume Builder For Teachers

No one likes building resumes (except for me and my co-workers). With these building blocks building your teacher resume will be easier and more effective. Alternatively, our resume checker will help you make sure your resume has everything it needs.

The keys to building an effective teacher resume:

  • Focus your work experience bullet points on outcomes (student outcomes or professional outcomes) instead of responsibilities.
  • Keep your resume to one page unless you have 10+ years of experience.
  • Be specific about the subjects of the classes you taught and the grades of the students you taught.
  • Include your state specific teaching licenses in a dedicated "Certifications" section on your teaching resume.
  • Whenever possible, try to quantify the impact of your work through improved student performance.

Looking for a new teaching job can be daunting. Finishing your resume is a huge first step towards making that happen. You got this! 

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